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Reward Offered in Pelican Shooting

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons who shot and killed seven American white pelicans at Lovewell Reservoir.

Jewell County Game Warden Mike Peterson discovered the bodies of the federally protected birds left floating in the water and laying on the shore September 12th. Peterson said he thinks the birds were all killed at about the same time. He said this time of year pelicans are migrating through the area and are frequently found at marshes and lakes in the state, and that pelicans, like songbirds, are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. See more at: http://www.salina.com/news/pelicans-9-14-142014-09-15T06-38-19#sthash.3MQVomFE.dpuf

Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for The HSUS, said: “The wanton killing of federally protected animals for the apparent thrill of it is a heinous crime. The poacher responsible for the senseless killing of these pelicans has committed a serious crime and should be held accountable for his or her actions. We applaud Game Warden Mike Peterson for his tireless work to bring the offender to justice.”

Violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is punishable by fines and jail time.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Jewell County game warden at (620) 450-7190 or to call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of suspected poachers. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching or hswlt.org/wildlife-abuse/anti-poaching-rewards-program.html for more info.

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • It is estimated that only one percent to five percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 240-778-5545, namini@humanesociety.org